Who determined that the Mayan Calendar ends on December 21, 2012?

Where did the “Long Count” End Date really come from?

Who would deny that there is a LOT of conflicting and confusing information regarding the end of the Mayan Calendar? Complex, complicated and convoluted is the only way to describe the overwhelming number of narratives surrounding the date December 21, 2012.

How do we decide which of these different stories is close to the real narrative as predicted by many of the world’s scriptures, sacred calendars and ancient prophesies?

There is only one context in which to properly evaluate the Mayan Calendar Long Count and its many weighty implications and far-reaching ramifications for humankind. And that is the macrocosmic context.

In order to properly understand the macrocosmic context, there must be some acknowledgement about the relationship between different schools of cosmology, ancient calendars and spiritual traditions. The following set of equations illustrates the true relationship between some of the major pieces of the End-Time puzzle.

End of the Mayan Calendar (Long Count) =
Closing of the Iron Age =
Twilight of the Kali Yuga =
Grand Finale of the Book of Revelation =
Age of Pisces ends; Age of Aquarius begins =
25,920 year Precession of the Equinox Cycle completes

Of course, there are many other quite significant happenings and prophecies which distinguish this turning of the ages. The appearance of the Blue Star Kachina, the coming Omega Point, and The Eagle and the Condor prophecy are examples of how different traditions and cultures describe the events which are about to take place everywhere the sun rises and sets. For it is the sun itself which will mediate much of the meteoric change we are about to witness.

The Sun Ushers In A New Era With Current Solar Maximum

As with the closing of every era there comes the opening of a new epoch. “When one door closes another door opens.” is as relevant to the transitioning of the various ages as it is to job employment. And so, here we are standing at the threshold of a cosmic convergence which will usher the human race into a new age of heightened Self consciousness and expanded collective awareness.

Of course, the language surrounding this New Age is also indicative of the many religious prophecies, cultural traditions and societal expectations which converge at some point in the not to distant future. These memes have been planted into human consciousness over the course of millennia, and have served to set up the fast approaching moment known variously as:

– The Golden Age
– Satya Yuga
– Age of Aquarius
– The New Age
– New Millennium
– A New Heaven and New Earth
– “The lion shall lie down with the lamb”
– Ascension
– The Return of the Gods
– Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle
– 5th Density Earth
– The Rapture

From this New Age lexicon we can plainly see that there is common ground among many different cultural traditions around the globe. Therefore, we know that we are at a HUGE turning point. Now we look to locate that cosmic juncture as best we can by tracing back through time to the germination of the time-seeds which produced the many ancient calendars. And, by viewing the future through a newly-fashioned telescope of higher consciousness — one that can only be created by the fusion of a refined intellect and enlightened intuition of a new heart-centered race of humanity.

Let’s first look at the true evolution (devolution is a more apt description) of the ages as they unfold over the course of the present 60,000+ year cycle. Each of the four yugas, starting with the Satya Yuga (aka The Golden Age), descends into the following yuga by way of a progressive densification of matter and thought. By way of illustration, see how life in our post-modern age has become completely out of touch with reality. The proliferation of the megalopolis and the automobile, smartphones and skyscrapers stand as testimony to a civilization totally out of control.

Compared to previous times, we see a society of excessive over-consumption in every direction. Just as cancer[1] has become a global epidemic, overpopulation has given rise to too many people reproducing and consuming everything in sight. All of the consequent social ills, economic problems and political paralysis reflect the inability to apply simple common sense. When things become this dense, it’s as though the faculty of reason has fled humankind altogether. It is also the clearest evidence we can point to that we are deep in the twilight of the Kali Yuga.

So obvious is this established fact that many often like to prophesy a Golden Age about to emerge. Except there is a HUGE difference between the transition from the Kali Kuga to the Satya Yuga, and the transtion phases between all of the other ages. Isn’t this obvious? How can the current world order miraculously morph into a Golden Age given the extraordinarily dark, dense and degenerate twilight period of the Kali Yuga?

Yes, it’s easy to understand the flow from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, and from the Silver to the Bronze. We see through the annals of history that these were relatively seamless and natural transitions, although not without their own type of apocalyptic and earth-shattering events. Witness the war on the battlefield of Kurukshetra in the MAHABHARATA as a prime example of what occurred during the last turning of the eras at the end of the Bronze Age.

Likewise, World War I and II are perfect analogues during the present and ongoing transition from the present Age of Iron to the next Golden Age. Who would question that these were truly apocalyptic wars with worldwide impact quite similar in their pervasive destruction and catalyzing effects to those which ended the last epoch? The entire civilization has since taken numerous twists and turns, and experienced many fits and starts as it tries to figure out where it wants its future to lie.

HUGE Changes Coming To Planet Earth

Toward that end intellectual society has produced many a prophet … and profound thinker, especially from that unruly, amorphous and independent crowd of beatniks who flowered during the emergence of the Beat Generation. They were then followed by the hippies of the Baby Boomer generation who were just as iconoclastic and countercultural in their own way. Born in 1946, Terence McKenna was born on the very threshold separating these two demographic groups that would forever change the way we look at the world

Which brings us to the central question of this essay: “Who First Said The Mayan Calendar Ends On December 21, 2012?”

The Answer: No one did. Certainly the Mayans didn’t. Nor did the Aztecs, the Hopi nor the Navaho.

Yes, lots of people said it or wrote it after they heard it somewhere else. In fact, all of the modern day 2012 prophets picked up the theory in this fashion. None of them produced the date as a result of a concrete analysis of any kind. So, who really started this cyber chain letter?

Many 2012 prophets have emerged over the past forty years but only one has been given credit for actually pinpointing the day of December 21, 2012. Throughout the process of identifying “the end of time”, Terence McKenna was not able to make a direct linkage with the Mayan Calendar because there were no authoritative accounts pointing to a terminus in 2012. Because there was no such date identified at the time of his analysis, making a direct correlation of his Time Wave Theory to 12/21/12 was not possible … unless it was given to him by someone?

“… originally McKenna had chosen the end of the calendar by looking for a very novel event in recent history, and using this as the beginning of his final 67.29 year cycle. The event he chose was the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which gave an end-date in mid-November of 2012, but when he discovered the proximity of this date to the end of the current 13-baktun cycle of the Maya calendar, he adjusted the end date to match!”[2]

More significantly, the way in which McKenna actually did arrive at this date can be further appreciated by the following video. An objective and detached viewer must come to the conclusion that McKenna threw a stake in the ground based on much highly relevant circumstantial evidence, an alien contact, various drug induced states, and some VERY imaginative thinking*. When considering his theory for marking the calendar on exactly December 21st of this year, one can only wonder if there were forces at work teasing out this ‘forgone conclusion’. After all, who could deny that there is some very serious numerology surrounding 12/21/12. Not too unlike 9/11/01.

*The story goes that Terence McKenna had actually calculated an end date to his Time Wave chronology which was earlier than 12/21/12 but still within the same year. After reading some of the works of Jose Arguelles it has been postulated that McKenna then decided upon an early Arguelles prediction of December 21, 2012 for the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, and then altered his Time Wave end date accordingly.

Terence McKenna – December 21st, 2012 – Timewave Zero

Some very significant background toward the construction of Terence McKenna’s Timewave Theory shows up in the following quote from a recent article entitled “Timewave Zero: Did Terence McKenna really believe in all that 2012 prophecy stuff?” by Mark Frauenfelder.

“What interests Horgan the most pertains to McKenna’s so-called Timewave Zero theory of history, which holds that something “novel” and mind-bending would happen on December 21, 2012. This notion was “revealed” to him by an “alien intelligence” during a psychedelic experiment conducted by McKenna and his younger brother Dennis, in the Amazon jungle in 1971 (Dennis McKenna, today a respected ethnopharmacologist, was the “channel” through which this entity supposedly spoke, has apparently never been much of a believer in his brother’s apocalyptic theories).”

What follows is another short reference to Terence McKenna’s Time Wave theory. From this we can again see the quite unorthodox and intuitive way in which he was able to synthesize his theories.

“There is another odd pointer to the 2012 date, American psychedelic shaman Terrance McKenna’s Time Wave theory. In that theory, the year 2012 is called “Time Wave Zero.” McKenna took the I Ching, did some kind of mathematical fractal operation with it, and produced a computer program which supposedly produces a “time wave” which maps out something called “novelty” across the scale of time, from the Big Bang to the Eschaton, the ending of time. And guess what? The mapping of time mysteriously ends at 2012. The Omega point.”[3]

What are we really left with in the wake of this historical analysis? It’s well known that Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna were the overt godfathers of the psychedelic movement. That this movement was overseen and sponsored by the CIA is also a commonly held belief, and for very good reason. Was Terence McKenna unwittingly used by his handlers within the CIA LSD Drug-testing Program to walk down this road in the first place? Happens all the time, doesn’t it?

A correlation of earth events with Terence McKenna's Time Wave Zero Graph

This line of inquiry might serve to lay bare a plot on the part of ‘someone’ to spread the rumor of the millennium. Therefore, the question remains why would those who populate the Global Control Matrix seek to hang their hat on a day which will come and go just like Y2K did? Remember, whoever it is that is spinning the yarn known as 12/21/12, both the warp and woof, as well as the yarn itself, all spring from a much deeper level of knowing. And it is from this divine depth of knowledge that these more superficial layers of ‘prophecy’ spring. In other words —>

Regardless of the whiff of government conspiracies around this whole affair, it is equally clear that the Universe has used the entire narrative known as the “End of the Mayan Calendar” to disseminate what has become a universal meme. Does it really make any difference if the end of time is coming toward the end of this December? In the grand scheme of things, all of us now know that massive change is in the air. That we are on the cusp profound and fundamental planetary transformation is indisputable, just as the inner metamorphosis which so many of us have been experiencing is equally palpable.

Therefore, this highly consequential prediction, which is often attributed to Terence McKenna, is rightly serving its purpose. In fact, a great and awesome purpose which Terence McKenna, and Jose Arguelles, and John Major Jenkins, and Carl Johan Calleman and many other 2012 prophets have all served to further in their own unique and disparate ways.

For those who still wonder about the likelihood of awesome and momentous happenings on Friday, December 21, 2012, please refer to the following essay. It clearly explains the virtual impossibility of anyone living today knowing the exact end date of the Mayan Calendar Long Count. Except, of course, those who have been gifted with such knowledge from the Divine. And we know that those rare souls will only reveal such sacred information when commanded to do so. And perhaps some of them have … through chosen instruments like Terence McKenna

An Open Letter to the 2012 Prophets
2012 is NOW! But when does the Mayan Long Count Calendar really end?


What really happened here? On the strictly mundane level, December 21, 2012 was a date that was chosen by someone, somewhere, for some specific reason. There can be no accurate attribution for this exact date, since no one claims to have originally proposed it.

All of the 2012 Prophets who have gone public either rally around 12/21/12, or throw their own stake in the ground as did Jose Arguelles and Carl Calleman. None of these ‘prophets’ have the backing or imprimatur of the Mayan Council of Elders as seen in the aforementioned essay.

Whether December 21, 2012 is an artificial creation of the self appointed Masters of the Universe (MOTU)* who currently control the earth realm, cannot be conclusively determined. In all likelihood it appears that many circumstances converged in such a way that this particular date was thrust into the limelight. Therefore, it really makes no difference at this point since the same general outcome will occur regardless of the actual source and original intention.

*Even though it appears that the self-proclaimed MOTU are self appointed, they are not. This is quite critical to understand. In fact, they are given their roles by a much Higher Power, by whose very power they exist and are able to perform their roles. Sounds like these MOTU have been empowered to fulfill a very important mission during these End-times of 2012 and beyond.

Some have proposed that many of the New Age religions, philosophies and special dates have been chosen by the MOTU. Chosen as a way of corralling as many as possible into false paradigms and endless circles of time-consuming distraction. While doing so may serve their agenda, do we now see that it has also served a much higher purpose?

When December 21, 2012 comes and goes without any major global event, cosmic sign or omen to humankind, all of us will be all the wiser. Having waited and contemplated, prepared and gotten scared, we have moved ourselves to a higher level of understanding about the world we really live in and to a more expanded state of Self awareness. This highly personal and spiritual process is usually not without some degree of inner alchemical pain and suffering in the form of anxiety about the future. So, many of us have the meme of December 21, 2012 to thank for some of our most significant and transformative breakthroughs.

In the end, it is all good.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

We also know that the Highest Power is notorious for “writing straight with crooked lines”. Which is precisely why “Everything happens for the best!

Cosmic Convergence Research Group
Submitted: July 2, 2012

Author’s Note:
The Cosmic Convergence Research Group has the greatest respect for the Terence McKenna. His was one of the most innovative and liberated minds of the 20th century. Only such a fertile imagination could have explored the territories of consciousness which he was courageous enough to explore.
We strongly believe that once he pegged December 21, 2012 as the day of Time Wave Zero, he was forever tagged with the notion whether he moved on from it or not. Irrespective of the validity of his theory or integrity of his process, what McKenna did do was open up the proverbial portals of possibility within human consciousness. He also greatly raised awareness regarding the emerging vortex of probabilities toward which Planet Earth has been hurtling for well over a hundred years.
The world was clearly set on a trajectory since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, which he and many others recognized. And that trajectory was taking the world to a place of unprecedented and awesome transformation. This type of transformation never occurs in a day, or a month, or a year. It takes place over spans of time which are always necessary for true and lasting change to occur.
Terence McKenna has done the world community a great service by focusing our attention on things which urgently require our direct involvement; first within ourselves and then in the outside world if we are to live and function as an integral, wholesome, and civilized society.

'Mayan Crop Circle'

[1] “A longtime sufferer of migraines, in mid-1999 McKenna returned to his home on the big island of Hawaii after a long lecturing tour. He began to suffer from increasingly painful headaches. This culminated in three brain seizures in one night, which he claimed were the most powerful psychedelic experiences he had ever known. Upon his emergency trip to the hospital on Oahu, Terence was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. For the next several months he underwent various treatments, including experimental gamma knife radiation treatment. According to Wired magazine, McKenna was worried that his tumour was caused by his 35-years of smoking cannabis; though his doctors assured him there was no causal relation.” (Wikipedia – Terence McKenna)

[2] Terence McKenna – www.2012hoax.org

[3] “Terence McKenna’s Time Wave Zero” – www.december212012.com

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